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Living Albino. What It’s Like?

3 - albino africansAlbinism – is absence of pigments in Skin, hair, eyes. Scientists distinguish the full Albinism, when pigments absent in whole organism, and partial albinism, with as many pigments absent only in sertain body parts, for example in the eyes. In full Albino whole skin and eyelids, are pale pink, or of milky-white color. Eyebrows and eyelashes  discolored too.

What causes albinism?

Albinism – a hereditary disease. It is not a curse or sign of gods. Hereditary diseases are diseases that are passed down from generation to generation. At the heart of albinism is a violation of the formation of black pigment melanin in the skin cells, hair follicles, and in the eyes. Usually the pigment is formed from a substance, called tyrosine under the action of the enzyme tyrosinase. This complex biochemical process that involves many different substances and enzymes. In albinism there is a defect in the genes that regulate this process. Published about 700 pedigrees of families whose members suffered from albinism. Hereditary diseases tend to spread in small ethnic groups due to the high frequency of consanguineous marriages.

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What it’s like to be not like others? people want to separate from the mass and try to look different with the help of tatoo, makeup and clothes. But albino people did not chose such look. Also there are such problems like high rick of skincancer due to skin damage by sun, weak sight etc. The tropical sun is very agressive for those people. Often african albino become victims of shamans – it is believed that body parts of albino have a big magic power. Is this true or not, many albino were murdered by such way.

Also there are psychological problems – peers often do not accept albino children, bullying them. Self esteem of such people often suffers from surrounding.

To become successful is is very hard for such people. But if you have desire, nothing is impossible. Today many modelling agencies require unusual models. And many albino became successful models.

Beyonce, Lana Del Rey invited albino models to their clips. Best fashion houses can’t imagine their collections without albino.

Thando Hopa

“Im a black girl who lives in the skin of a white person and that alone should embody what a human being as a whole should represent “

Diandra Forrest

Shaun Ross


Sir Maejor

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